SOTU Ratings: Fox News Tops in Viewers; CNN Wins Demo

Cable Leadership Split as Nets Juggle Obama's Speech with Dorner Coverage

On a Tuesday evening that had the cable networks splitting coverage between the standoff with murder suspect Christopher Dorner and the State of the Union address, victory was divided between Fox News Channel and CNN, according to Nielsen ratings.

For President Obama's address from 9:15 p.m.-10:15 p.m. (ET), Fox News Channel was the most-watched network with 3.683 million total viewers, just ahead of CNN's 3.635 million viewers. MSNBC was third with 3.034 million total viewers.

But in the target demo for news, adults 25 to 54, CNN ranked first, drawing 1.436 million viewers, beating out second-place MSNBC, which had 1.028 million viewers. FNC averaged the fewest of these viewers, counting 957,000.

The State of the Union ratings were in line with the rankings for breaking news coverage of Dorner from 6 p.m.-9:15 p.m. Leading in Obama's speech, Fox News had the most viewers with 3.183 million and CNN was on top with adults 25 to 54 with 1.013 million demo viewers.

Compared to the 2012 State of the Union, CNN was up 36% in both marks, MSNBC increased 26% in the demo and 8% with total viewers and Fox declined 16% with adults 25 to 54 and 3% among viewers